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the fiscal cliff, lawmakers are pointing fingers and playing the blame game. >> mario monti is saying he's available to lead italy. he'll run for office in the upcoming election, but only for a party willing to push his agenda. >>> but he has competition in the form of sylvia berlusconi. he tells cnbc he feels a responsibility to run. >> feel the need to return to the political arena to prevent the country from being delivered into the hands of a leftist party. >> and the crowds are out, the stores are ringing up those sales, but u.s. shoppers may be running low on holiday spirit. and analysts say that they're spending less, as well. hi, everybody. welcome. merry christmas out there. thank you for joining us here on the show. what we're looking at today, we've got slightly quiet markets ahead of the u.s. open. what we're seeing, though, that all the markets are being called lower across the board stateside. the dow is being called a bit lower, nasdaq is being called a bit lower and the s&p 500 being called down by a bybit, as well. we saw markets coming off on friday stateside. pretty si
minister mario monti, yes, the same one that is famous from all the anti-trust things back in the -- was that the '90s? >> the '90s, yeah. >> monti announcing he'll step down before his term ends. the decision comes after the party of sylvia berlusconi withdrew support for monti's government last week. berlusconi has indicated he will run for leadership again. cnbc's carolin roth will join us from italy with the latest in a few minutes. when i was over there, i had to have the -- all the political signs translated because there's a picture of monti sitting under a beach chair drinking a drink and all the text was send monti to the beach. they already didn't like him. >> he had very high disapproval ratings. i remember last summer i had seen that somewhere. >> they want to send him to the beach. the major european averages at this hour, there they, they're all down. not great in france, but germany down about .7% and the ftse down fractionally. other news out of europe, debt tieback for from an day to receive additional buyback offers. those would be at deeply discounted pri
. this comes after italy sold short-term paper and mario monti announced his discussion to step down. today's auction will see italy settle its funding targets for the year. sylvia berlusconi appears to be endorsing mario monti. speaking at a press conference in rome, he said he would give up his ambitions to run if monti ran as the central coalition. he then went on to say he still plan toes run for office. he also said bond spreads were a, quote, hoke, that the euro was not a true currency since there was no central bank willing to print money like they do in japan. >>> meanwhile, moody's says that the political turmoil in italy will have little impact on the country aes sovereign debt rating. our next guest disagrees and says he sees repricing of debt in italy. he's sylvia peruso. why are you concerned about moody's taking action here in italy? >> good morning. i think italy has a number of big challenges next year. as you can see, the market remains extremely sensitive to the fluid political landscape at the moment. but most people see it as a significant growth challenge with which the
. >> so here's italy. silvio berlusconi. your intro was about mario monti which is all true. silvio berlusconi, the former prime minister of italy -- >> my favorite. >> thank goodness for silvio berlusconi. >> look at his hair. what is he, 76? >> 76. he just sat down with cnbc italy over the weekend. silvio berlusconi says he does not want to run for prime minister, but, he is obligated to, because the country needs him so desperately. he is the only one that can bring together 40% of the people who vote for him, so that way the left does not control italy. >> he could not get 40%, could he? or could he? >> i don't know if he could get 40%. he thinks he can get more than anybody else. >> really? >> yes. >> now the question is, 40% isn't enough once you're in a parliament, right, because of a parliamentary system and two other parties that used to support him no longer do. it's not clear what they would ultimately do, would they really link to the left? it's hard to say. more than italy, remember, they would never agree with this, but they're far more dramatic than southern italy. >>
on wall street. but investors were cautioning. and italy's prime minister, mario monty, resigned. wall street is expecting the worst bonus season since the financial crisis of 2008. the average bonus will decline 16 1/2% from last year, to just over $100,000. and about one in five wall street workers won't get a bonus at all, as banks and investment firms continue to struggle in a tough economy. sales at mcdonald's rose in november, as u.s. brought more breakfast items and its new cheddar bacon onion sandwiches. drivers are getting some relief at the gas pump. according to the lundberg survey, a gallon of regular unleaded costs average. $3.46 nationwide. and retailers are acquiring holiday help in record numbers. retailers a added, 465,500 seasonal workers in november as they wrap up for the holidays. that's barely surpasses a previous record set in 2005, just before the financial crisis. that's your money watch. for more, head to cbs money watch.com. >>> a bald eagle is going to be okay, thanks to the quick thinking of two fort myers resident
. ira, here we go. you know, monty hall, a big game show guy. now we have mario monty hall in the game of politics. can you try to explain to viewers and listeners? you know, no, i don't want to lose but i'd still take the job. tell me about it. >> he wants to be -- he wants to run the show and, you know what? when you saw berlusconi kind of backed off and actually support him now so it's like they're going to parachute him back in. he won't run and he says i don't have to because he is a life senator whatever that means but italy has its own laws as you know, probably as well as anybody. but he wants -- he'd like to continue to run the show because he feels just like mario draghi that he's been very successful and he can't let go of the reins. now i understand that. but he doesn't want to run. >> he's been very successful and he tells us about that. >> right. >> he had his july 26th surprise between him and mario draghi but in the end as you pointed out off camera he doesn't want to lose. he's not going through the process in a way where he can lose. basically if you appoint me i'll t
at a weaker pace. the planned resignation of italian prime minister mario monti weighing on the european markets this morning. he said he will step down as soon as the 2013 budget is approved. that's because berlusconi. it's been said a couple things this morning, that italy is now the problem child in europe, more than greece, more than spain. but conversely, china, if gdp is coming back, they are in what many consider to be a sweet spot. >> the numbers came out saturday for china. i think italy has been remarkably good. so this was a big game changer. italy had been a part of the good story of european recovery. now it's back. >> all to monti was never intended to be there for the long term. >> sure. >> in fact, he may be leaving a month earlier than originally planned. this should not be a surprise in the larger context. while we may mention berlusconi's name right now, he's not expected to win. >> look, we knew that monti was successful. >> it may be whoever follows him is going to roll some of the gains that he's had. so-called gains. >> that's going to cause ripples here. look, on
go with the resignation of mario monti. greece is higher. por sh gal is higher. spain is higher. it's a good day for -- investor sentiment.strongly it was revealed today. optimism over what the fed is going to do in the united states tomorrow. optimism there will be a deal on the fiscal cliff. you have optimism that the recapitalization of the banks is going to be delayed by another year according to the bank of italy. and you have optimism as well on mar of election promises as we now face the pros wekt of a much earlier election in italy. to that end it is fascinating. sylvia berlusconi has come out today warning about the germano center of politics. in other words, too much of a focus on what is happening from germany and the austerity inspired by angela merkel. in particular, he is drawing attention to this. which is the spread of the extra that investors demand to hold italian bonds over german bonds. i've shown this to you a couple times. over the last year it's been a mainstay of a lot of the italian business broadcasts internally. they say our bonds are currently trading so
. meanwhile, also worth mentioning that, after the sell-off we got on italian debt, where mario monti said he would resign over the weekend, today italy successfully went through an auction at the one-year level of debt. and you can see where people have viewed monday's sell-off as a huge opportunity. so the yields are heading down on the ten-year. just before i give you back to carl, i wanted to hand you a piece of research from goldman sachs. they have looked at what the eurozone crisis cost america in terms of growth. at the beginning of the year, they suggested they could knock 1% off potential gdp. and now they say they knocked three-quarters of a percent off growth here. half a percent was due to a general tightening of financial conditions. it's a very complicated set of calculations to get to that, but they have. half a percent of american growth is a result of weaker exports to europe. and the final thing that i think is very interesting. they say there's been a negligible impact on america due to what banks might be doing here. in other words, the european banks in new york, in bost
in the united states obviously with the fiscal cliff. in europe, all about mario monty, kicked off on friday when he resigned. he then said on sunday he'd work with coalition partners. on monday he laid out what he'd like his agenda to be. today, he is negotiating with other potential allies. two big questions come out. one of, what will the clash with silvio berlusconi be? he said his economy was crippled and said the right would abolish property tax rises. the second more interesting question is whether or not monty in the game means the election result in february will be a less strong coalition to enact reform, which is clearly where we hope they will go as in keeping -- trying to keep the investor sentiment going. in rome, they actually auctioned 12 euros of bills. all the politics with berlusconi not really affecting the market. yields are low, confidence still in there. some italian banks rose on the back of that. not huge moves. you can see bpms, up 2.2%. in the center of europe where it was concentrated, other banks moved higher. i'll show you those, lloyds, in the netherlands. and
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